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The prayer of a sex trafficked child

Washington, November 8, 2012 – I could feel my life slipping away as I lay down among the neatly arranged rows of flowers that populated my mother’s garden. I had chosen a place on top of her favorite bed of antique roses, and the smell of their fresh bloom flooded my senses like a blanket of ...

The prayer of a sex trafficked child: Escaping the abuse

Washington, November 8, 2012 – My mother’s boyfriend Neale used threats against her life to gain my complete surrender to him and his pedophile sex trafficking ring. Once my surrender was complete, Neale began to unleash his perversions and allowed them to seek full bloom. He began to use me for child pornography and accumulated filing ...

NY DOMA ruling: The U.S. needs to get real about gay marriage

SAN DIEGO – October 19, 2012 –The U.S. Supreme Court ruled interracial marriage was legal in 1967. It still took until November 2000 for Alabama to become the final state to legally remove the interracial marriage ban, 33 years after the Supreme Court declared these laws unconstitutional. Today this scenario is playing out all over ...

Bullied to death: The tragic story of Amanda Todd

Washington, October 17, 2012 – Amanda Todd was only one month away from her sixteenth birthday when she took her own life. Bullied to the point where she believed her life no longer had meaning, she succumbed to the insurmountable pain that her life had become and released her grasp on the world that had ...

California governor vetos bill allowing more than two legal parents

SAN DIEGO, September 30, 2012 – California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation today that would have allowed children to have more than two legal parents. Senate Bill 1476 by State Senator Mark Leno would have allowed judges to recognize more than two legal parents if it is determined to be “required in the best interests ...

Children of Alcoholics: A fairy tale on the rocks

Washington, September 29, 2012 ― As far back as I can remember, my mother was an alcoholic. When she died several years ago I found myself cycling between anger and grief. I kept trying to find the reason I had spent most of my childhood and adult life trying to find redemption for my mother ...

When child trafficking wears a disguise: The case of Madeleine McCann

Washington, September 22, 2012 – As we struggle each day against the rising tide of indifference that clouds the depths of society’s conscience, there are many whose very existence is fueled by the promise of hope. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every day in this country 2,185 children younger than 18 are reported ...

Cheyenne and me: The true story of children lost

Washington, August 22, 2012 – For many of us, the life that we lead falls short of our expectations but for many the dream of holding a loved one just one more time trumps all others. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in the United States 800,000 children are reported missing ...

Exploring the mind of James Holmes, the tragedy in Colorado

Washington, August 1, 2012 – In the early morning hours of July 20, the darkness of one man’s soul ended the lives of twelve people and wounded dozens more in a Colorado theatre. James Eagen Holmes set out on a murderous rampage and left the world searching for answers as to what changed this one ...

James Eagen Holmes and the search for answers

Washington,  July 27, 2012 – As families mourn the loss of twelve innocent lives in a darkened Aurora, Colorado, theatre, the world struggles to look into the mind of the alleged killer, James Eagen Holmes. A bewildered-looking Holmes made his first court appearance on Monday as his expression shifted between confused and wide-eyed beneath the ...

Guarding the monster’s lair: Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State cover up

Washington , July 9, 2012 – The Penn State cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s repeated molestation of young boys has been revealed in stunning detail. Convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation of 10 victims, Sandusky will serve up to 442 years in jail. Saying is paying a price for his actions. ...

Jerry Sandusky guilty: Justice for victims and an end to silence

Washington July 5, 2012 – As the trial of Jerry Sandusky began, I was determined to write about how justice would unfold for ten victims of child abuse in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. As the jury settled in on Monday morning and testimony began, I immersed myself in the details of the ...

Awareness is our best defense against pedophiles like Jerry Sandusky

Washington,  June 21, 2012 – Imagine for a moment that through some cruel twist of fate Jerry Sandusky is freed from prison by an unforeseen legal technicality. Then imagine that he shows up living in the house next door to you. I have no doubt that after the initial shock subsided swift and decisive action ...

Father’s Day gift guide

It's time to show Dad he is appreciated, but men can be hard to shop for. Here are 10 great gift ideas.

Virtual visitation a smart option for parents and kids

SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2012 –  After a divorce, it isn’t uncommon for a job opportunity, family ties or a new relationship to cause one parent to move. When there are children involved, the parent without primary physical custody becomes separated from his or her children. The relationship is likely to suffer, and the non-custodial ...

Tearing down the wall of silence: Victims of child sex abuse speak out

WASHINGTON, November 27, 2011—The world of college sports had been thrown off balance by recent allegations of sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University. Sandusky is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with young boys he met through the “Second Mile” charity he founded in 1977, and using ...

Pot should be legal because the cost of not doing so is too high

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2011 — College life in the 1960’s and 1970’s was saturated with marijuana. There was almost no place where one could go, outside of classrooms, where the stuff was not being smoked.  Most of us believed it was a good social alternative to alcohol and did it in moderation, or not at all. ...

Children of Domestic Violence: A black and blue fairytale

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 — I awoke at midnight from the nightmare that had repeated itself so many times and stolen away so many of my nights. The storyline for the dream was one that had been etched in my mind in vivid detail since I witnessed an unspeakable act as a four-year old boy. ...